Mehak Mittal is a self-taught artist who has worked with oils, pastels, and watercolors during her journey as an artist that spans over 10 years and across 3 continents.
Mehak has always been moved by the boundless beauty around her - the grace in the flight of a bird, the lazy drift of marine life, and the elegant gait of moving animals. Not bound by rules, borders, or race, and with their ability to blend in and stand out at the same time, their vibrant colors and intricate details are the source of inspiration for her work. She started using watercolors as her primary medium since the movement and fluidity of watercolors resonated best with her desire to capture the essence of her favorite subject - Nature.
Mehak did her first solo exhibition back in 2012 and still feels as inspired to continue sharing her unique perspective through the medium of art. Her recent works have been exhibited at the M.A.D.S Gallery in Milan. A trained Dentist and a certified Yoga instructor, she currently lives in London with her husband and a very active 4-year-old son.
Painting for me is a form of meditation. When I paint, my mind is surrounded by nothing but my colors, my brushes, and perhaps my favorite tune in my ears, and at that moment, I am truly alive.
My subjects come from Mother Nature. I find movement beautiful and my pieces usually depict the subject in motion.
Given the complexity involved in capturing the details and textures of these subjects, I found that the fluidity and freedom offered by watercolors resonate best with my art style. I am fascinated by how the pigments dance when mixed with water on paper or when two colors merge to reveal a completely new one.
For a new piece, I start by adding one layer at a time, gradually adding more complexity to the design with each brushstroke. As watercolors are transparent by nature, I love seeing the layers merge into each other effortlessly yet retaining a certain feeling of depth in the design.
I often go through a period of fondness for a certain genres, but my muse changes often. Over the years, I have found myself attracted to the jellyfish floating in the oceans, the swift turn of a betta fish, the mating dance of an egret. I look forward to continuing my love affair with these beautiful creatures and capture their magnificence.
M.A.D.S. Milano – Dress Me event – September 2020.